Brazilian surfer suspended for storming WSL judges’ tower at Oi Rio Pro

On Saturday at the Oi Rio Pro in Brazil, Championship Tour surfer Filipe Toledo was handed an interference call in Heat 10 of Round 3 against Kanoa Igarashi. The Brazilian surfer would go on to lose the heat, with his highest scoring wave getting split in half due to the interference call.

According to a press release made public by the World Surf League on Monday, Toledo attempted to storm the judges’ tower after the heat. The WSL announced on Monday that Toledo would be fined an undisclosed amount and suspended for the upcoming Outerknown Fiji Pro for his actions.

“I’m a passionate guy and surfing is my life,” Toledo said in the press release. He continued:

“After getting an interference in the third round in Saquarema, I was very upset and my actions after the heat were unacceptable. After cooling down, I realized that I was not myself. I’m very sorry for my behavior. I want to apologize to the fans, my sponsors, the media and WSL. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept my suspension. I am disappointed to miss the next event, but looking forward to returning stronger for Jeffreys Bay. Good luck to everyone in Fiji and thank you all for the continued support.”

Toledo, who is currently sitting at number 6 in the world on the CT rankings, will have to wait until the Corona Open J-Bay at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa to compete again.

Filipe Toledo will be sitting out the next Championship Tour contest. Photo: Courtesy of Ed Sloane/World Surf League

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